Teens jailed for break-in at Medford liquor store

A break-in at a liquor store and then at a vacant house for a drinking party resulted in burglary charges against three Medford teenagers.

Neighbors heard suspicious noises and reported people trespassing at a vacant house in the 500 block of Haven Street, Medford at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said. The teens tried to flee when officers arrived to investigate, but a boy and a girl, each 15, were detained at the vacant home. Another 15-year-old boy who had reportedly been at the party was later found at his home on Fairmount Street.

Police also found liquor bottles at the house on Haven Street, which runs from Columbus Avenue to Holly Street near McLoughlin Middle School in west Medford, and linked them to a burglary at a liquor store about a hour and a half earlier, Doney said.

An alarm summoned police to the liquor store at 1260 W. Main St. when a glass door was broken just before midnight. The burglars had snatched bottles and fled by the time police arrived.

After reviewing the evidence and interviewing the three teens, police lodged the two boys at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center on a charge of second-degree burglary linked to the store break-in and a charge of first-degree burglary linked to the break-in at the vacant house. State law classifies residential break-ins as first-degree burglaries and break-ins at other buildings where no one lives as second-degree burglaries. The girl, who apparently joined the boys after the liquor store caper, was cited on a first-degree burglary charge and released to her parents, Doney said.

Police also are investigating whether the teens might have been involved in a similar smash-and-grab burglary at the same liquor store at about 2:45 a.m. Aug. 16.

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